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Arts & Entertainment Districts

Arts & Entertainment Districts

A Structure for Creative Placemaking: Arts & Entertainment Districts

Maryland’s Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts help develop and promote community involvement, tourism, and revitalization through tax-related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations, and other creative enterprises.

A&E Districts Across the State: Creative Places to Explore

View this map of Maryland's 25 Arts & Entertainment Districts. Expand the map to browse photos and websites!



2016 A&E District Managers Meeting



Economic Impact

Twenty-four A&E Districts have been established since the program began in 2001. And, the most recent economic impact study shows that in fiscal year 2014, 22 Maryland A&E Districts collectively supported an estimated 6,000 new jobs that paid $199 million in wages. During the same year, new jobs combined with A&E District festivals and events supported more than $571 million in state GDP and $39 million in state and local tax revenue.

View the fiscal year 2014 A&E Districts Economic Impact Report.

Application Process

There are two annual deadlines for the A&E District Application: April 1, 2017, and October 1, 2017, and applicants are required to submit the Intent to Apply form 60 days prior to application deadlines.  Following the Intent To Apply are: site visit and consultation, community forum, rigorous application with executive endorsement, panel review, staff recommendation and finally, approval from the Secretary of Commerce.

2017 Arts & Entertainment District Designation Guidelines and Application

A&E District Technical Assistance Grant

Applicants must be designated as a State of Maryland Arts & Entertainment District to qualify. Arts & Entertainment Districts may receive only one Technical Assistance grant per fiscal year. Applications are accepted four times per year. See the Available Grants Box for deadline information. Questions? Contact Program Director Steven Skerritt-Davis at 410-767-6494 or

Public Art Project Grant

In FY18, there are two program opportunities for County Arts Councils and Art & Entertainment Districts to apply for project funding. Applications are due Monday, January 29, 2018 and applicants apply online: